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Everyone has that one room that needs a little bit of TLC, and watching your room transform is all the more rewarding. And while it can be a daunting task—both in scale and cost—Better Homes and Gardens has a wide variety of affordable furniture and décor pieces sold exclusively at Walmart, perfect for refreshing a space with which to fall in love.

This month, the BHGLiveBettter Network of Bloggers were challenged to showcase the transformation of a newly styled space. The decorating aficionados offer affordable tips and ideas on how to refresh your home on a budget, all while using Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart. Get the scoop below:

1. Jennifer Hadfield from Tater Tots and Jello took her outdoor patio up a notch with the addition of the versatile Lillian Day Bed. Now, her space can transform from day to night just by removing some throw pillows.

2. Angie Holden from Country Chic Cottage made her kitchen come alive with her new Maddox Crossing Dining Table . Anytime she’s entertaining, all she has to do is open the table leaf and there will always be enough seating for her friends and family.

3. Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty gave her sons a bedroom makeover. The nautical themed room and the comfortable Panama Beach Kids Twin Bed will definitely rock her boys right to sleep.

4. You can make a smaller room spacious and cozy just like Ashley McLeod from Cherished Bliss. The Grayson Rolled Top Club Chair and the  Grayson Linen Square Ottoman are a great alternative to a couch for those smaller spaces in your home.

5. Ashley from Domestic Imperfection transformed her brother’s makeshift living room into a lovely new space for him and his wife to enjoy. She added Lattice Swoop Chairs to compliment weathered style end tables and wooden accent wall.

6. If you have a room that went through multiple stages like Ursula Carmona from Homemade by Carmona, you know how exciting it is to finally find the right style for it! She included the  River Crest Coffee Table  to keep the room simple and elegant.

7. Liz Latham from Hoosier Homemade turned her upstairs office into a farmhouse style bedroom. She created the perfect little reading nook in the corner accompanied by medallion slipper chair and floating shelves.

8. Transform your kid’s playroom into a patriotic inspired space, like Destiny Alfonso from  Just Destiny. These red hinged ottomans will definitely add pops of color throughout the room, and are great for storage too!

9. Get the best coffee table styling tips from Chelsea Coulston of  Making Home Base! She used unique accessories, such as the ceramic geometric votive candle holders, to make her table pop.

10. Myra Yarbrough from My Blessed Life used fresh flowers and citrus tones to dress up her mantel.  The white ribbon lanterns are perfect vases for cotton stems, keeping her mantel simple and seasonal.

11. Bare walls deserve decoration! Jennifer Burg from The Suburban Mom used a variety of frames to turn her blank wall into a photo gallery of family memories.

12. Sarah Saucedo from Thrifty Decor Chick  transformed her outdoor lounge into an elegant dining room. The lattice rug matches with her brown stained deck, and is perfect for protecting those bare feet from splinters!

13. Need a dining room table refresh? Bethany Halford from Whoa Wait Walmart used a white Modern Rim 12-piece dinnerware set to accompany her gold flatware.

14. You can brighten up your fireplace with more than just sparks! Kristyn Merkley from Lil’ Luna spruced up her mantel using vintage pieces and new decor finds from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart.

15. Heidi Ferguson from Honey bear Lane refreshed her loft with a farmhouse-inspired style. The Grayson sofa is the perfect addition to her new cozy space!

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One of the simplest improvements you can make to any room is to add new lighting. Easily said, and, these days, easily done. With a glorious price range, string lights can fit into anyone’s budget and are so simple to use — they can be adapted for a variety of projects, both indoor and out. Though typically used in holiday settings, string lights have recently been trending across the Internet as wedding backdrops, bed canopies, and the ever-popular dorm room decoration. Check out these other unique purposes for string lights, and see how much you can impress your guests with your new decor.

1. Frameless Photos

Personalize classic string lights by hanging your favorite photos off them like Urban Outfitter’s Instax-Inspired String Lights. Wrap the wire around nails or thumbtacks to suspend the lights. When you’ve found your desired shape, hang the images where you please by clipping mini clothespins over the wire.

Image via: UO Blog

2. Light Every Inch

Planning a big outdoor shindig? Don’t compromise your backyard’s beauty with your patio’s floodlights. Instead, completely encompass your pergola with string icicle lights. Check out this and other special occasion tips from Noah Interiors’ blog.

Image via: Noah Interiors

3. Starry, Starry Night Light

If you’re fond of the old Lite Brite pegboards, you’ll love this project. This fun DIY comes to us from Heidi, the creator of Happiness is Homemade. Her tutorial for a Constellation Canvas Nightlight is a great weekend project with just a few supplies. Choose any combination of favorite constellations, or make up your own!

Image via: Happiness is Homemade

4. Hammock Happiness

If you have two trees close together in your backyard, you have to try this DIY Backyard Getaway. Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming decided to add a little something to her backyard and created a summertime oasis in the the process. The finishing touch was the two sets of string lights. Her trick? She purchased one clear and one frosted set, then combined them by alternating the bulbs.

Backyard Hammock

Image via: Under the Table and Dreaming

5. Cheap and Chic

Update your porch, patio, or sitting room with this DIY Hula-Hoop Chandelier. Why? Because you can do it for just a couple bucks. Sarah created this light fixture with a couple of dollar store items and last year’s Christmas lights. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere lace ribbon around a hula-hoop. Wrap icicle string lights around the hoop, then use more lace ribbon to hang and mount the chandelier.

Image via: Sarah On the Blog

6. Party-Light Placement

Bethany has four ways to light up an outdoor party. Her first — and my favorite– idea is to use string lights to create a faux canopy across the deck by zig-zagging the wires back and forth. She also mounted a set of string lights to the underside of the patio table umbrella, shining light directly onto the table. You could also use the lights around the perimeter of the deck for guests to easily identify where the entrances and exits are in the dark. 

Image via: Kirkland’s Home Decor Blog

7. Biking Beauty

Pick up a few sets of battery operated LED string lights for this fun project. Cars can’t miss you riding your bike with Eleanor’s tutorial on Lights On a Bicycle. Don’t be afraid to get them in a few colors! Be sure to test for range of motion with the handlebars, brakes, and pedals as you zip-tie the lights into place.  

Image via: Eleanor’s

String lights can be used for a multitude of purposes; some of them surprising and a few I can’t believe I’ve never thought of before. What other ways have you used string lights in your home or yard? Let me know, or try one of these projects and tell us how you did!

Until next time,


8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

Trend: 8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

When I think about family living spaces my mind immediately goes to indoor living or family rooms, but I can’t forget about our outdoor living spaces! During nicer weather a porch is the perfect spot to sit with friends and family and enjoy the day. If it’s dull and messy no one will want to hang out there. Spend some time this summer making over your outdoor living space. You don’t need to spend a ton of money, sometimes all it needs is a little paint color and some cleaning. Check out these 8 inspiring Pretty Porch Makeovers!

1) This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

2) This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

3) The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

4) Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

5) This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

6) I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

7) Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there’s something you don’t want to view from your porch? Add some curtains! Found on BHG.

Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there's something you don't want to view from your porch? Found on BHG.

8) Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: Young House Love, Garage Sales R Us, Tater Tots and Jello, Balancing Home.

Hosting a gathering and don’t know where to begin? Avoid falling into a shopping frenzy. Stock up on dinnerware, serveware and accessories from Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart ahead of time, so they can be re-used and re-purposed throughout the season.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating inviting entertaining spaces. Read on as they share easy to replicate tips perfectly suited to inform and inspire the execution of your next celebration.

1. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty shares her secret to styling a brunch table. All it takes is lots of light, a pop of color and a touch of gold—plus one stylish set of Color Dipped Dinnerware that can used in a casual setting or dressed up for a more elegant affair.

2. Add a touch of spring to your home and create comfort for your guests with decorative pillows. Amy Clark of Mom Advice shows you how to style these pillows for both indoor and outdoor use.

3. Anna Moseley of Ask Anna sets an outdoor dining area on a budget with bright and affordable items that will make your table spread fun and inviting. Don’t skimp out on the serveware—consider dressing your table with a Melamine Bamboo Bowl that can be used time and time again.


4. Elegance can easily be achieved with a few eye-catching pieces such as the new Matte Swirl Dinnerware Set Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home chose to use for her black and white tabletop presentation.

5. Rustic meets whimsical thanks to Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. Grab a set of Melamine Bowls and summer’s most refreshing fruit, and you’ve got yourself a backyard party.

6. Involve your kids in outdoor gardening activities by turning a planter from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart into an enchanting fairy garden. Emily Allison of Decorchick shows just how it’s done.

7. Hop on over to I Don’t Know How She Does It to see how Gloribell Lebron’s seasonal centerpiece informed the design of her tablescape. Consider filling a Glass Lantern (or two) with natural elements for added texture.

8. Gearing up for Father’s Day? Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl Blog fills a galvanized caddy with backyard BBQ essentials including a stylish and functional Oven Mit for a low cost gift idea for Dad.

9. Small space, small budget – no problem! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It shares helpful tips on how to entertain with grand style on a budget. See how she layers classic white dinnerware such as the new Hobnail Collection from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart with a brightly patterned appetizer plate. Amp up the style by accessorizing with fresh blooms and candles.

10. Tight on space? Ditch the over-sized serving platters. Randi Dukes of Dukes and Duchesses finds multiple uses for her Melamine Dinnerware and even turns a regular plate into a temporary cake stand.

11. It’s a vintage affair over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Shannon Fox opted to use Galvanized Serverware to blend in with the antique metal pieces dispersed throughout her outdoor patio.

12. Looking to spruce up your entryway? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates an inviting entrance for guests by placing sophisticated Bombay Planters full of seasonal annuals on either side of her front door.

13. Drink Dispensers are not just for beverages. Taryn Whiteaker of Design Dining & Diapers proves just how versatile a vessel can be by planting cascading greenery inside a Galvanized Drink Dispenser. Her eclectic grouping of wood, metals and crates provides a balanced and welcoming look for her front patio.

14. Entertain with drink canisters to keep costs down and your beverage offerings simple. Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life stacked two Galvanized Square Chalkboard Drink Dispensers on top of one another to create a serve yourself drink station for guests.

15. Turn your outdoor space into a welcoming dinner atmosphere for guests with a simple table top accessory. Jamielyn Nye of I Heart Naptime introduces a floating glass hurricane Candle Holder for an elegant look.

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pencil shavings studio outdoor update-4

We’re in the midst of updating our backyard patio, especially now that our youngest is big enough to enjoy playing outside. We found a pair of chairs and a low outdoor coffee table on our local Craigslist for a steal and I’m amazed how a simple, relatively inexpensive update has brought us so much more enjoyment of our patio. And with a little creativity, you can create a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole family to enjoy as the weather turns warm. Here’s a roundup of 11 easy ideas to update your patio or porch.

cool pendant funky mismatched furniture

Use unexpected pieces to bring personality to your porch. An old trunk and mismatched side tables add a lot of style and function (think toy storage!). Plus they could easily be sourced from antique shops for not a lot of money and easily updated with a coat of paint.

ceiling fans southern porch

Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have great lighting. In a covered porch or patio, set the mood with a pair of lamps flanking an outdoor sofa.

curtains on porch

Why not add outdoor curtains to your front porch? They’re a great way to block harsh sunlight and to provide privacy from too-close neighbors.

dining room french chairs lighting

String lights mounted overhead bring a soft warm glow to your evening dinner party. Wall-mounted sconces embedded in a greenery-laden wall bring an extra layer of polish to the dining space.

funky side tables

Have plenty of little side tables that can double as seating in a pinch. By choosing items that can do double duty, you get maximum bang for your buck.


Outdoor pillows are a great way to provide a comfy place for your guests to relax. Don’t be afraid to have a rainbow of hues. These brightly colored pillows bring an all-white deck to life but stay chic since they’re all the same pattern. Remember – repetition is always your friend when it comes to design.

low seating umbrella repetition

A long low outdoor sofa is shaded under a broad outdoor umbrella. Sofas are a great way to offer a lot of seating and lounge space – it’s the perfect place to catch an afternoon nap in the breeze.

mirror patio

Try an unexpected indoor element outside: a big round mirror is a beautiful addition to the brick wall and outdoor sofa.

mix and match patterns colorful floor

An indoor/outdoor rug will make any outdoor space feel more cohesive and intentional. Plus it will also keep your feet from burning on hot concrete.

orange and blue patio

Have a consistent color scheme for your outdoor living room. Just like any interior room, a tight color palette will bring a sense of continuity and intention. Balance it with a neutral to give your eye a rest (like the white ceramic garden stool and clapboard walls of the house).

outdoor upholstery

Don’t be afraid to try upholstered furniture in outdoor fabrics, particularly on a covered patio. Specially designed to wick away moisture and resist fading, there’s a wealth of comfortable lounge furniture in a surprising array of fabrics. (via)

unexpected textiles

Even the smallest of patios can be made extra cozy with the addition of fun textiles, an array of plants, and mood-setting lighting (check out those mismatched candelabras!). (via)

What are your favorite ways to beautify your outdoor space? Share in the comments!

There’s just something about a beautiful porch that conjures up visions of golden sunlight filtering through the trees, the background hum of cicadas, iced tea, and an all-over warmth of summertime. I’m already looking forward to spending plenty of time on our front porch at the lake this summer, and I’m particularly dreaming about installing a big hanging daybed for us to wile away the hours on. I’m particularly inspired by the idea of sleeping porches, a traditional Southern design element that was born in the early twentieth century thanks to lack of air conditioning, as well as some fear of germs/disease (the prevailing idea was that it was healthier to sleep outside in all the fresh air and thus avoid tuberculosis, etc). If you’re a design history buff, you’ll enjoy this article on the history of sleeping porches as well as this more in-depth article on how American culture revolved around the front porch until it started to migrate to the backyard (particularly fascinating).

Larger than a traditional porch swing, most are usually the dimensions of a twin size mattress, although I’ve seen them in both full size or crib mattress size, depending on the layout of the porch. Most have large rope details and are enclosed on 3 of the 4 sides, although some also feature armless versions for a more modern interpretation.

But the aesthetic overall doesn’t have to scream “I live in the Deep South.” There are all different kinds of aesthetic variations, such as this Moorish home below. The porch bed is so dramatic with all the ropes attaching at one point to dark hardware on either side. I love how low the bed sits overall — and it doesn’t hurt that the view is amazing too.

aphrochic porch bed swing


Another great platform bed via BHG. Uniformly sized Euro pillows line the back and a mishmash of patterned pillows bring in color and personality.

bhg porch swing

A chic outdoor living room with monochromatic black and white accents is the perfect contrast to the leafy emerald palm fronds.The wooden base of the bed adds warmth and character.

dusk jacket attic porch swing


But if your taste runs more traditional, you’ll love this aqua-hued setting. In this particular look, the bed could have felt really visually heavy, but since they kept everything white, including the flooring, the bed floats lightly overhead and allows the pillows to pop. This is great for a small space – allow the heavier elements to recede visually and keep the focus elsewhere.

house of turquoise porch swing bed


Look how tiny and cute this little swing is!

Celerie Kemble porch swing -


Another dreamy number with some fun bolster pillows.

porch bed swing


And if you’ve got the square footage for it, everything is better in pairs. These are so dramatic on that gorgeous portico.

saltaire pair of porch swings


saltaire porch swing


Finally, I couldn’t help but include this ridiculously awesome hanging nest. I have NO idea how you’d actually climb into it over the water, but it makes for a stunning photograph! It’d be perfect in a big tree or somewhere that you have enough space and scale to let it shine. Definitely a conversation starter – I would’ve died of happiness to have this as a kid and wile away the summer hours reading a book.



I think I’m going to take some of these inspiration shots to a carpenter in our community and have something custom built to fit the size of our porch. And also there’s that little issue of convincing the husband to go along with it – but seriously, who wouldn’t be convinced after seeing these images? Here’s to a summer of outdoor living!

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